about venice in words & pics, with and without my 9-year-old son
Nice bassorilievi. So many fascinating details in Venezia! Where are they? In particular the dragon with a human head between its paws? Is it on Campo Santa Margherita on the way towards San Rocco? Nice photos! Thank you. (comment from Auvraisien)
Hi, Auvraisien, Bert is correct in his two comments below. The wild beast with the human head in its paws is located just above head level toward the bottom of the campanile of San Polo (almost right across the calle from the church entrance). According to the fine website http://www.churchesofvenice.co.uk/sanpolo.htm#sanpolo it's uncertain whether the head alludes to the punishment meted out to Doge Marin Falier or, a little later, to the condotiere Count Carmagnola (in 1402). Its placement makes it both easy to see and easy to walk right past.Bert is also right about what I thought was the hardest of the 3 images to identify: the suppliants praying beneath the cloak of Mary on the side of the church of San Toma. (Again, http://www.churchesofvenice.co.uk/ is a good source for a bit of info on this church.)And the third image is from the 14th Century and located on the exterior of the church of San Polo's apse: The Enthroned Madonna with SS Peter and Paul (again, see the Churches of Venice site above). With so many things to notice in Venice, it is one of the countless "minor" works of art that are hidden in plain sight throughout the city.Thank you!
The dragon with a human head between its paws is on the campanile of San Polo. I can't help with the others, atm.
By a sudden stroke of luck, I can tell you that the second photo is of a Madonna della Misericordia on the side of the church of San Tomà. I'm pretty sure I haven't seen the composition shown in the third photo.
I was wondering if you'd get these, Bert. I was pretty confident you'd get at least 2 of them, but you surprised me by identifying the trickiest one. Thanks for identifying them.